(Reuters) – Egypt has recently opened a series of previously cordoned-off archeological sites to the public, including the Tomb of Mehu, a 4,300-year-old prominent ancient Egyptian figure discovered in 1940. Mehu was the chief of the royal palace and the chief of judges who lived during the sixth dynasty.
Archeologist Zahi Hawas says the scriptures on top of the tomb entrance are very important. “It clarifies the important status of this person,” says Zahi Hawas. “He was very respected in the royal family, and that tomb was dedicated to him, his son and grandson.”
Archeologists also say the tomb was the first to show that some ancient Egyptians could get attributed to the titles of gods, which is usually exclusive to the royal family bloodline.
The Mehu Tomb is part of the renovation project for Djoser Pyramid, where restorers are working tirelessly to complete the renovations in the pyramid and the southern tomb.
“Today we open this area to tourists for the first time, and then people would be able to visit the southern tomb,” said Khaled El Anani, antiquities minister of Egypt. “It’s a huge project that will be finally, after years of work, completed by the end of 2018.”